Note: Travelbug Safety Tips
Travelbug is a simple way for dancers travelling to events to connect with local people offering accommodation. It’s a great way to make new friends and explore Tango in other communities. Your next adventure awaits you and it’s important to prepare well. Here are some tips and well-researched advice on keeping safe:
Do Your Homework
Review Biographies Carefully
Take time to review member biographies. Is their information complete and up to date? What’s missing? Do they have a clear profile picture? What comments have other members posted about them?
Check Social Networks
Every member on Tangofolly is able to link their Facebook profile to their biography on Tangofolly. The tango community is well represented on Facebook so it can be a useful research tool to get to know a little bit about your potential host or guest. Do you have mutual friends? Do you see any tango related photos and posts? If not.. why not? It works both ways, so be sure you link your Facebook profile too!
Check the address
Check out the map on the Travelbug Listing. Does it match the description? We love this tool from Google that gives you an instant view of any supported location.
» Google Street View
If it doesn’t seem right it probably isn’t…
If their profile doesn’t seem right or your communication with them rings alarm bells, listen to your instinct, and move on.
Have you got a PLAN B?
Make sure you have collated a few alternative accommodation options before you go. Check if there are hotels or hostels nearby or set up another Travelbug option as backup. Having a choice is empowering. If at any time you feel uneasy or the situation is not working out the way you thought, you have a choice to pull out.
Research the local culture
Take time to learn about the place you are travelling too. Be aware of any cultural and religious differences. The following resources for safety alerts and advisories is a good place to start:
» U.S. Dept of State Travel Alerts » Gov.UK Foreign Travel Advice » Gov. Canada Travel Advice
Know your logistics
What public transport options are nearby? What is the route you must take to get to the tango event venue? Where can you park your car? How will you get home after the event? Make a note of local taxi companies.
Tell a friend
Once you have made your arrangements it is a good idea to pass any details on to someone you trust just in case. Ask your friend to keep a note of the addresses where you are staying and where you are dancing, contact numbers and any other relevant information.
Don’t forget your charger…
Avoid finding yourself lost in the early hours with no charge on your mobile phone and only a credit card for cash. We know its obvious but do make a point of consciously prepping a little bit of local currency for your pocket and your phone charger.
Protect Your Personal Information
Communicate via Tangofolly
We HIGHLY recommend that you use the private messaging facility on Tangofolly to make contact and finalise your arrangements. Your email address and private information is protected on Tangofolly. NEVER give out your phone number or email or any other personal information until you have met the person and feel comfortable to do so.
Choose a good location to meet
Arrange to meet in a public place if possible and preferably during the day. Take time to get to know each other and, if you feel safe, continue on to the accommodation.
Cash is best
There are a lot of very clever online fraudsters out there with some impressively tricky methods for getting hold of your money. The best way to avoid all of them is to not ‘pay online’ at all. Quite simply, cash is the best option.
Paypal is possible
You can use PayPal of course but be careful not to use the Family & Friends option or the PayPal.me service. These two methods will not provide you with a refund should something go wrong.
During Your Stay
During your stay do all that you can to understand the personal needs of your guest or host. Respect any house rules or guest requirements. Be sure to communicate with each other clearly and promptly rather than leave room for potential misunderstandings.
In threatening situations
If at any time you feel unsafe, threatened or in immediate danger please do not hesitate to call for help. Here are all the emergency number for police, fire and ambulance in every country
» Emergency Numbers Worldwide
Comments & Reviews
In the spirit of community, take 5min and leave your host or guest a review on their Tangofolly Biography. This will be enormously helpful to other Travelbugs and contributes towards maintaining a safe and fun environment.
Monitoring listings and biographies
We will do all that we can to check Travelbug Listings are legitimate and owned by a member of the Tango Community. If you see something that doesn’t look right please email us straight away so we can investigate.
Report an issue
If you have a bad experience or wish to report any information about a guest or host please email Tangofolly directly. We will be able to pass any information on to relevant authorities and block any such member from using Tangofolly. Your report to us will be kept strictly confidential.